This is part of Judith's series 'Climate Change'.
Judith : "Being in the mountains is like being in one of nature’s cloud-making machines. Mountains are places of great wildness. One of my favourite quotes by Henry David Thoreau says:
"We need the tonic of wildness ... at the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. In wildness is the preservation of the world"
And yet contrarily, with the climate crisis upon us, it becomes increasingly important to understand the wildness. Scientists tell us that stratocumulus clouds in the earth’s atmosphere help to reflect sunlight away from the planet and cool the climate. A recent study claims these clouds might disintegrate when CO2 levels are predicted to reach 1,200 parts per million in the next century, causing global temperatures to rise by 8°C. Scientists increasingly suggest that clouds may be among the most important regulators of the global climate. (Reference : Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, E&E News February 27, 2019).